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purpose. we take our department of defense and we hold them to a very tight account. we don't let them spend money without a contract, without reviews by the inspector general, reviews by our committee. but here's $2.6 billion unspecified. oh, mr. car decide, use it wisely. -- cars eyed, use it wisely. >> i reserve the remaining time. >> claim time in opposition. mr. womack: afghan national forces includes the national afghan army and police and been one of the united states' top priorities since operations began in afghanistan in 2001. the purpose of the afghan national force development program is to grow the capacity and capability of the afghan national security force in line with international agreements. this year's request totals $7.7 billion. the request is in the categories of defense forces, interior forces and detainee operations. included within the categories is sustainment to conduct day-to-day operations totaling $5 billion and enablelers that my friend refers to and says that if i heard him correctly that we don't know what these enablers are. we doe no what they are. a
received information from the department of defense yesterday. guantanamo bay clause for fiscal year 2012 was millions of dollars. for fiscal year 2013, estimated $454 million. do the math. we are spending $2.7 million per year for each a detainee held at guantanamo bay. what does it cost to put a prisoner and keep them in the safest and most secure prison in america? $78,000 a year against $2.7 million. this would be fiscally irresponsible wearing ordinary economic times. it is even worse when the department of defense is struggling with the impacts of sequestration coming including the furloughs and cutbacks and training for troops. every day soldiers and sailors serving at guantanamo are doing a magnificent job under difficult circumstances. i went to the southern command in miami. i met with the man in charge with this responsibility. they are saddened with this assignment. they are doing what they are supposed to do. at great risk and i great separation from their family and personal challenges, they are excepting this assignment. they look to us as to whether the assignment still ma
. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2014, and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose on tuesday, july 23, 2013, amendment number 66 printed in house report 113- 170 offered by the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. hanabusa, had been disposed of. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 12, proceedings will now resume on amendments printed in house report 113-170 on which further proceedings were postponed in the following order. amendment number 48 by mr. jones of north carolina. amendment number 51 by mr. lamalfa of california. amendment number 55 by mr. mulvaney of south carolina. amendment number 60 by mr. stockton of texas. amendment number 62 by mrs. walorski of indiana. amendment number 65 by ms. bonamici of oregon. the chair will reduce to two minutes the time for each electronic vote in this series. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 48 printed in house report 113-170 offered by mr. the gentleman from north carolina, mr. jones, on which further proceedi
, a black man who used self defense to kill at the time a 16-year-old white kid he said was charging him, hadn't been hit, but shot him in self defense, and he was acquitted, the black man. what about that one? it is the same exact thing. opposite of trayvon martin. >> they're not following that case, that's the difference. >> so the president follows the press? >> i think it is fair to say every white house in one way or another follows the news cyclee concept. i hope not. >> well, it is a little difficult to get out from underneath the news cycle in an overwhelming story. dana i think would agree, it is difficult to see if -- >> i think to talk about it later, but the initial comment -- >> hold on. what i am saying is the president chose that trayvon martin case to get involved in. the press wasn't implicating the white house or tying it to the white house, calling the white house racist by any means. he is the one brought himself in it. >> i don't think there's a black man in america that doesn't feel the frustration of being tagged and i think he wanted to say it. wanted to try to ex
as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy and deputy assistant secretary for nuclear forces and arms control policy. he received a bachelor's degree from georgetown and a masters in international study from johns hopkins school of advanced international studies. the floor is yours. served in this body for senator jackson, who many of you had a non-and memorable memory of, i'm sure. >> i recognize i am in the distinct minority on this panel, but i take comfort that i represent the vast majority of americans and certainly the vast majority of those of you in congress on this question. should gitmo be closed? the answer is resoundingly no there is a- unless better alternative available. i would like to put this into context if i may. it is to explain why we have gitmo in the first place. it is because we are at war. is seemingly lost on a lot of us as we talk about this in an abstract context. removed fromhow be this overarching problem. we are not just at warp. we are at war because others attacked us and, in your wisdom wisdom, and the congress you gave the to fight ba
to updated information i received from the department of defense just yesterday on time of day detention cost for fiscal year 2012 are $448 million m. for fiscal year 2013 estimated at $454 million. do the math. 166 prisoners, $454 million. we are spending $2.7 million per year for each detainee held at guantÁnamo bay. what does it cost to put a prisoner and keep him in the safest and most secure prison in america in florence colorado? $78,000 a year. against 2.7 million we are spending at guantÁnamo. this would be fiscally responsible during ordinary economic times but it's even worse when the department of defense are struggling to deal with the impact of sequestration including the furloughs and cutbacks in training for our troops. every day the soldiers and sailors serving at guantÁnamo are doing a magnificent job under difficult circumstances. i went to the southern command in miami and i met with the men who were in charge of this responsibility. i can tell you that they are saddened by this assignment that they are doing exactly what they're supposed to do. at great risk and great s
killer but also a pedophile. the former prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and some real characters that we're all being introduced to in this trial. dan, you first. i'm wondering about the testimony from the so-called rifleman. how damaging is that do you think to the defense? >> in terms of the actual charges that whitey bulger is facing, it's not that damaging. murder charges are going to be proved. there's overwhelming evidence. however, this case is unusual. it seems like the defense is more focused on stopping the prosecution from proving things that ruin his reputation like he's a rat or kills women or he's a pedophile and in that sense, that means a lot to the defense. in terms of whether he'll be convicted of murder, it probably won't make a difference. rick: what do you think of that point, the defense strategy here? could this be some kind of a preventative strategy before this guy goes to prison? >> definitely. i think they've had the conversation and bulger has told his attorneys, look. i'm going down. i know i'm going to prison but i at least need to be protected. i ca
, the department of defense at the top of the list, in making sure that those dollars go to american companies. but there are circumstances in which the buy-american provisions are waived. there are a number of ways that you can waive those provisions, but it's important for us to have full transparency and disclosure when the department of transportation and when fhwa is considering awarding a major project funded by american taxpayers to a foreign company. you see, when the buy-american statute is waived the requirement that american material be used is null and void. and so what this bill says is that when the fhwa provides public notice that they are considering waiving the buy-america clause for a particular project, that they include in that public notice a consideration of the impact on american jobs. it's worth knowing whether a waiver is simply going to result in the loss of ten american jobs or the loss of 500 american jobs, and this amendment very simply says that when a waiver to the buy-america law is pending, that we should know from the department of transportation and from fhwa
for managing park concessionaires so much of model used by the defense department and its base exchanges and recreational facilities and to pursue bonding and revolving loans. i would like to mention fenty the significant impact of sequestration from the budgetary cuts to the national park service and its related bureaus. sequestration was designed to be inflexible damaging and indiscriminate and it is. it is undermining the work we need to do one or many fronts. it's increasing increasing our backlogs and eroding our workforce and differing important work. to conclude the national park service will continue to pursue new and creative ways to address its funding needs and i want to thank our many partners who are here who have come to us with these ideas and i appreciate the support of congress to resolve this extraordinary challenge. thank you. >> director jarvis thank you very much. because of the numbers of senators here i'm just going to ask one question of director jarvis to get us started and recognize my colleagues. director jarvis or decades the park service has recommended expan
of defense procures weapons systems, a system that is to a large degree broken, unfortunately. it is now even more important with defense funding likely to be restrained to reduce funding in the coming years, our legislators overseeing major defense acquisition programs to make sure they're efficient and effectsive is as important today as it's ever been. indeed, even more so. a recently released government accountability office, g.a.o., report that is highly critical of the navy's literal combat ship program brings me to the floor today. on that program, the navy plans to spend over $40 billion to buy a total of 52 sea frames and 64 so-called plug-and-play mission modules. these are modules that would be moved on and off depending on the mission that the literal combat ship is engaged in. the combined capability of those modules with the sea frames is supposed to give thee ships their intended lethality. until recently, my main concern with this program has been the unbridled growth to the cost to build the sea frames of the lead ship. the lead ship called the freedom, the steel-hulled versi
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of the naacp, legal defense and educational fund. barbara who is executive director and president of the lawyers committee, the civil rights under law. which by the way is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year having been founded by president kennedy in response to violence against those who sought to register voters in the past. tom, who is president of the mexican american legal defense and educational fund, bringing more lawsuits in the area of voting rights than almost any other latino organization and particularly focused in texas right now. laura, who represents the american civil liberties union, washington national office, who reminded all of us about the important work that the aclu is doing, bringing over 300 voting rights cases currently. ere's rosalyn brock, chairperson of the naacp, the nation's oldest and largest civil human rights organization. there are state lenl slators, 'm sorry, there's margaret fung. we have state legislators from texas, from alabama, from georgia, from florida. this is really a broad and diverse group. the national coalition of black civ
the house of representatives has just passed a defense appropriations bill the legislation includes an amendment to bar it military action in egypt and of course, the war powers act if the president chooses to engage in syria. the $512 million defense spending bill passed 315 / 100 highberger joining us now is the time. great to have you here. so i could say this did it how bad of an idea is it from this president's political standpoint? >> nnouncing the huge speech with the economy is a void of any ideas or principles or policies what the president wants to a variance of was was a speech in illinois and those that will support him no matter what your fox news poll reflects that, he has lost in the middle of the road people but he has also lost a good percentage of his base those that support the president the most, the president's plate game is alive and well and will not play well in 2013 andlou: are ye president chose to do this? that look most peculiar to see a president at the beginning of his second term looking like he was on the campaign trail to talk exactly that way. >> i
as we debut our new poll tonight. and as the president hits the road in his own defense. >>> secrets and lies and new fallout from an x-rated political scandal that has engulfed the biggest mayoral race in the country all because of one man. >>> family history about to continue for caroline kennedy said to be getting a big job representing the u.s. >>> prince george, the new baby has a name rooted in british history. while the young parents continue to break with old traditions. >>> and show of support. the story behind this. the most striking photo of the day. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. the news tonight isn't so much that americans are fed up with washington and disapprove of the job congress is doing. sadly that's pretty much a constant of late. but it is news that our discontent has set an all-time record. our new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows some numbers not seen in the history of polling. 83% of us now disapprove of congress. the president is riding a 45% approval. his lowest number notably since two summers ago. it perhaps fueled his trip to illin
and disadvantaged. and it's hoped such a message may prove more attractive than the defensiveness that prevailed in the wake of repeated vatican scandals, both financial and sexual. in rio, we found new yorker ariana drauch who credited the pope with re-energizing the faithful. >> i think the pope has a great head on his shoulders and he definitely -- he knows what he's talking about. >> reporter: dean reynolds de janeiro, cbs news. >>> time now for headlines. for that to happen the stock would have to trip until value. >> "the washington post" says the cia is winding down operations in afghanistan. the spy agency plans to cut the number of its clandestine bases in afghanistan in half. >> the "los angeles times" look at apple third quarter earnings. the company beat predictions. also set a record for the number of iphones sold. the news sent shares higher in after hours trading. >> "the boston globe" said a grand jury is hearing emd on whether aaron hernandez should be charged in the shooting death of two men in 2012. he is due in court today for the murder of another man
on the same day congress was debating the defense authorization bill and an amendment that would block all u.s. aid to egypt. >> we are reviewing our obligations under the law and are consulting with congress about the way forward. given the current situation in egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward with the delivery of f-16s at this time. >> reporter: u.s. official sources tell fox that the egyptian military's not all that worried about not receiving those f-16s at this point in time. they believe that eventually something will be worked out and that those f-16s will be delivered. rick: okay. so what about reaction from the egyptian military? >> reporter: well, the egyptian army is calling for nationwide protests in egypt tomorrow to counter the demonstrations staged by the muslim brotherhood of late which is pushing for the release of president morsi whose family claims that he was kidnapped by the army. there's no word where president morsi is at this time. egyptian opposition groups have criticized the administration's wishy washy approach to the situation. >> i feel
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to the united states of america. >> and we have just learned that the amendment to the defense authorization bill proposed by republican congressman justin amash of michigan that would have essentially defunded the nsa and its surveillance program. programs that snowden had revealed, it just failed to pass the house of representatives, 217 to 205. shepard? >> shepard: jennifer griffin at the pentagon tonight. the former football great accused of murder returned to court today as we track multiple new developments in his case. prosecutors say the former new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez gunned down a friend of his last month. he has already pleaded not guilty. and just minutes before today's court appearance, the patriot's coach bill belichick made his first public comments on this case. he expressed sympathy for the family of the man who died. and belichick talked about the moment he first heard about it all. >> i and other members of the organization were shocked and disappointed in what we had learned. having someone in your organization that's involved in a murder investigati
faction were even driving at defense spending to push it down or to restrain it. >> well, they are resisting the calls from their senate counterparts, republicans, who say we need to roll back the sequester cuts, especially as they relate to defense. john mccain is trying to make that case and is trying to work with john mccain and a senate of republican factions breaking from the leadership. that's not happened in the house and we'll see if they can make that happen in the fall. >> you've covered washington tore so many years. have you ever seen the approval rating for congress as low as it is now or government as paralyzed as it seems to be on such important key issues? >> seen a lot of government paralysis, but the 12% approval, 83 disapproval for congress is the lowest in the quarter century history of the nbc/"wall street journal" poll, and it's not good news for anybody really because democrats hold the senate, republicans hold the house. it's kind of a pox on all your houses. >> and nobody likes either of them at all. >> exactly. >> you wonder how -- whether that c
is criminal defense attorney. good morning and welcome to you, sema. she seems to be going over the same thing again. let's play another clip. >> for myself, he's guilty. because the evidence shows he's guilty. >> he's guilty of? >> killing trayvon martin. but we couldn't prove that intentionally he killed him. >> i know i went the right way because the law, the way it was followed is the way i went. but tpeultd have used my heart i probably would have went hung jury. >> so for some that's going to seem very contradictory. interpret what she's saying. do you agree there's a difference between what your heart wants and what the law tells you to do. >> i think there's no polygraph in that jury room so go with your heart. no one would have challenged her verdict. i don't understand why she chose, and i say chose, to interpret the law the way she has been doing. right now this interview that she's giving is just to essuage the public and the parents and justify this contradictory verdict, as you say. she makes very confounding statements, right? she says in the clip that you just played, she says
african-american or listen to his defense. >> they keep saying, oh, it is a disportionate percentage after particularening nick group. that may be, but it is not a disportionate number in victims describe as committing murder. in that case i incidentally i think we stop whites too much and minorities too little. >> there you say white should be stopped less than the 15% or so they are stopped currently. what do you make of that and how do local leaders like that, how does their leadership and those kind of comments affect the type of been that you want it put in place? >> i think where the mayor is just wrong. if you have information about a specific crime, absolutely. the demographics of that circumstance should absolutely be used but just to say that because we think one race or one religion is more likely to commit crimes, we will stop them for investigation, no. that is not permitted. it is sloppy police work. it won't get you the information you need and it alienates community. you are using scarce resources in an inefficient way. and it is against the values of our country. so right
defenses, don't you think this is something that we can pour not only in defense but other areas as well? i believe it is. texas can switch to a p.b.m. contract. this is no chump change. y time draws to a close, the challenges facing independent and community pharmacist are great, but the important roles they play are greater. it is where we can look forward to solutions that matter. i did not come to washington, d.c. simply to watch things happen and to wonder why. i came to be part of the solution. like you, mr. speaker, we are part of the freshman class believing that this is the place that people look for to make this country continually the greatest country on earth. and the way they do that is look at commonsense legislation. they look at commonsense solutions that affect them every day. for many, many people. and especially in my home of northeast georgia. place.harmacies is a they are the places where senior citizens come and as i have watched many times the pharmacies where i go to, my own or not, it is the pharmacies where i watched the other day, where i went in and a sweet littl
's defense of her husband will help resurrect her political career. this morning the "new york times" and "new york daily news" are calling for weaner to withdraw. several other candidates say he's unfit for office. he's made it clear he plans to stay in the race. >> there's no question his competitors want him to drop out because he's beating all but one. we bring in anna navarro and mr. john avalon, both cnn contributors. beautiful to have you both, thank you for being here. i'll start with you, anna. here is the question. is this new and more or is this just more of the same? how do you think this plays politic politically? >> it's certainly new and more for voters in new york and people that watch it develop on tv. perception wise it's new and more and in politics what matters is perception. he has a recurrent problem. there's a huge difference between a one-time occurrence and recurrence going on after he had been caught. this tells you this guy has a problem. >> also you have another timing this looks politically expedient for somebody, mr. avalon, that it comes to the polls hi
the constitution says they have to have a defense that we can't afford apparently? i met yesterday with maryland district court judges, about eight of them, and they raised this issue as one of critical importance and one of the judges, a reagan appointee, was obviously very animated at how we were undermining the very essence of the judicial system. surely no one on this floor intends to do that. at the defense department 650,000 vifflian workers are already -- civilian workers are already being furloughed two days a month. that's an effective cut and pay by 20%. the hardworking people whom we rely to maintain the national security of our country. on july 2 i visited with pax ian defense works from and talked with those who were forced to stay at home without pay. they were concerned about their family's finances but, mr. speaker, these hardworking and patriotic public servants were far more worried about support for our troops on the field on friday when many are forced to stay at home. they can't legally come to work and volunteer their time. the sequester is hurting morale and putting our na
. budgetary time of austerity, w.i.c. was included in the across-the-board cuts in defense and discretionary programs under sequester. snap was excluded because it's a entitlement like social security and medicare. but w.i.c. was included in the sequester because it is an sniment. as if the cuts in sequester weren't bad enough, the house agriculture appropriations bill now cuts the program even further by more than $500 million. the 7.3% cut to w.i.c. in this bill could result in over 200,000 pregnant mothers and infants losing nutritious food. even factoring in the reserve fund, 55,000 moms and kids will go without nutrition that they need. it is sad that the republican-controlled house of representatives is cutting vital health and development programs for pregnant and nursing mothers and their very young children, while at the same time they find billions of dollars to send overseas in a wasteful war in afghanistan. madam speaker, during my series of end hunger now speeches, there's been one unifying theme i believe puts us on the path to end hunger now. that theme is presidential leaders
. >> reporter: with the continued possibility of more texts, there's no telling if abedin's defense of her husband will help resurrect his political career. >> it took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy. to get to a place where i could forgive anthony. >> and carol, this morning, the in the in the and the "new york daily news" said weiner should withdraw from the race. his opponents are saying he's unfit for office. weiner said he's not going anywhere, staying in the mayoral race. according to the most recent polls he's still a top contender but it's yet to be seen how these new developments will impact him, how they'll impact voters and how he'll do in the polls. >> thanks so much, pamela brown. we'll talk more about the anthony weiner affair at the bottom of the hour. >>> edward snowden can now leave, russian media is roaring the russian government is giving the nsa leaker papers to enter russia legally. the visa is temporary while russia considers snowden's request for asylum. phil black is in moscow. he joins us on the phone. tell us more, phil. >> reporter: well, carol, you're r
class. the best defense against all of these forces, global competition, economic polarization, is the strength of the community. so we need to -- we need a new push to rebuild rundown neighborhoods. we need new partnerships. we need new partnerships for some of the hardest hit towns of america, to get them back on their feet. and because no one who works full time in america should have to live in poverty, i'm going to keep making the case that we need to raise the minimum wage because it's lower right now than it was when ronald reagan took office, it's time for the minimum wage to go up. [ cheers and applause ] we're not a people who allow chance of birth to decide life's biggest winners or losers. and after years in which we've seen how easy it can be for any of us to fall on hard times, folks in galesburg, folks in the quad cities, you know there are people who work hard. sometimes they get a bad break. plant leaves. somebody gets sick. somebody loses a home. we've seen it in our family and our friends and our neighbors. we've seen it happen, and that means we cannot turn
but indicated i've been honest throughout this entire process. his main defense has just been sort of that we're all fixated on this date of resignation from congress but that wasn't actually important to him and his wife and their sort of internal process. >> bill: what's he been doing for the last couple of days, just out there campaigning faiz nothing happened? >> yeah. he's had a public schedule. he's done events. you know i'm sure he's eager to move back to policy. what's said when he initially took off in may was you know, okay, i'm going to answer some questions. but i want to focus on issues. but i think this time it is a little bit different in that sort of -- he answered some questions about the scandal. it dissipated. frankly, he's become a regular candidate. and now questions about why frankly on the timeline here. >> bill: what do you hear from people that you're talking to? people in the street. i saw one poll late yesterday that showed him still up a couple of points. what are the readings? >> well, you know, as far as the poll numbers go, we're not really going to have an indi
this week for the defense appropriations bill. are you working on a similar proposal with democrats and republicans in the senate? working am definitely with democrats and republicans to overhaul this program dramatically. there have been a number of discussions already. senators on both sides of the aisle -- the discussions have certainly accelerated since that extraordinary house vote. thelready have a quarter of united states senate on record saying that they are very interested in pursuing the issues that are central about this debate. to answer your question, yes we are going to see a very strong and bipartisan effort in the senate to pick up the effort up that i think needlessly intrudes on the privacy and liberties of millions of law-abiding americans. newsmakers with senator ron wyden. we have a replay at 6 p.m. eastern. mike is hanging on from elizabeth, new jersey, an independent caller. is america becoming a defeatist nation? caller: no, but our government is defeating us. span had a video back in 2008. no one really listens to it. it is a pretty simple solution. one solu
's defense team will argue over what is an appropriate sentence. the judge will decide whether to let the charges run concurrently or string them out. she will have to come up with a specific number, the time and the years, that manning will serve. chris lawrence, cnn, four ft. meade, maryland. >>> about four minutes after the hour, they have been locked in a battle for months now with congress set to head home for recess, president obama said it's time to strike a deal. speaking in chattanooga, the president is he they can reach a grand bargain to fix the federal budget. >> here's the bottom line, i'm wering to work with republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transferring from a simple tax system for creating middle class jobs. that's the deal. >> not so fast. house speaker john boehner rejected the proposal saying it will hurt small businesses and families. if it seems to you that this budget fight is more of the same in washington, you're not wrong. it doesn't seem like much is getting done there, does it? here's dana bash. >> reporter: le
. they called at this time national defense education act. it was all about america's defense. and what they said was, we will loan money to student loans across -- students across america to go to college. i think that their rationale was sound. if more americans went to college and got educated we would have the engineers and scientists we need to make this a strong nation from a defense point of view and from our economy point of view. so i thank the russians for launching sputnik and i thank the congress for creating the national defense education act because a kid from east stlooth st. louis, illinois, whose parents had eighth grade educations had a chance to go to college and he's standing here today in the united states senate. it was a good deal, too. the national defense education act said you don't have to pay it back until after you graduate, ten equal payments at 3% interest. i remember these because i was frightened to death in 1969 when i finished law school and added up all my student loans and they said to me you owe $8,500. i went home to my wife and i said we're doomed
security kind of levels off, discretionary spending we actually have made some both defense and nondefense, we've seen that go down. other mandatory programs. as you can see, mr. president, when it comes to deficit reduction and getting our debt under control, entitlement reform, that upper line that is going off the charts, is where the bodies are buried. yet if you listen to my friends on the other side of the aisle, the problem is not our entitlement programs. the problem, they say, is that the american people simply aren't being taxed enough. of course, the actual numbers tell a different story. over the last 40 years, federal revenues as a percentage of the gross domestic product have averaged roughly 17.9%. while in recent years that number has decreased due to the struggling economy, tax revenues are at a pace to rise above the historic average and settle around 19% of g.d.p. let me repeat that. absent any changes in tax law, revenues are set to rise above historic levels relative to g.d.p. or the gross domestic product. so despite my friends' claims to the contrary, the root of our
manhattan. was on trial for the murder of a woman named elmer stands. mr weeks's defense attorneys were aaron burr and alexander hamilton. kind of interesting. really was remarkable trial that took place as the country was coming into being and to have these two rivals as your defense attorney. and won't give away the ending of the trial or the book itself. remarkable book as well. so far that is the book, books i am presently reading. >> let us know what you are reading this summer, tweet us at booktv. post it on our facebook page or send us an e-mail at >> the first problem with conventional ways of explaining secularization has to do with the historical time line. secularization has been understood by most great modern thinkers and for that matter plenty of mediocre ones as a process in which religion slowly but surely vanishes from the earth or it least it's more sophisticated precinct. as people become more educated and prosperous the collective story goes, the same people come to find themselves more skeptical of religion's premises. they find themselves less ne
on an amendment to defense spending bill that would limit the nsa's authority to secret lit collect the phone records of millions of americans. the amendment being considered would not allow the nsa to collect phone records under the patriot act unless an individual is under investigation. white house press secretary jay carney says ending the program would take away a key tool in fighting terrorism. the head of the nsa made a trip to capitol hill to urge lawmakers to reject the measure. >>> president obama is on air force one flying to the midwest. he will speak in illinois and missouri today to tout his economic policies. kyla campbell is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom with a preview of the president's speech targeting republicans. >> reporter: yes, pam. the white house says that's one of three main goals with the president's economic talks. president obama wants to refocus the political conservation on a still- recovering economy, lock in his economy on turbulent times and warn republicans to not create a crisis this fall. the gom is threatening to make passing a budget difficult. t
that everything ought to be on the table, particularly defense spending. but our future dead comes on the other side of the budget and remains untouched and puts programs on on a paper like asial security and medicaid a way to protect poor people. threatss been a lot of that we were told that the sky "the washington post" did a story a few weeks ago looking at all the 46 steps that we have heard, how many materialized and only 11 and one of the things that is particularly interesting to doug about when we talk about in frustration, which by the way is amount of money that affects the growth of spending. we don't really know how it will play out because government agencies have the ability -- for instance, we heard that it would be devastating for defense they would lose $800 billion for lockheed martin alone. they just announced their profit and they are up 10% in spite of sequestration. so i think there is a way of handling training people and -- handling threatening people and we agree that it is not the best way to go about cutting spending or being fiscally responsible. i don't think all th
-- you know. and, you know, there was an honest to god defense -- difference of opinion between the two sides. you had to reconcile who was going to be right and whoches going to be wrong. at the same time you had independent pollsters who had had some screening questioning. questions designed to ascertain who is and who isn't likely to vote. for example, historically people how much interest do you have in the upcoming election. historically that's been a pretty good question to determine who isn't and is likely to vote. apparently in 2012, it didn't work. a lot of the traditional questions that had usually worked didn't work in 2012. and so you sort of had the fill philosophical difference what the electorate was. it was going -- you had legitimate people that didn't have a thumb on the scale in any dprix direction that were using traditionally reliability yardsticks that weren't right. and so you had some result that were, you know, all over the map. and we're now beginning to see a lot more sort of nontraditional polling. both the obama and the romney campaigns. yes, they were doing
passed important legislation, the defense appropriations bill. this bill prohibits furloughs on employees serving our department of defense in fiscal year 2014. these employees are now in their third week of furloughs. this week we heard from undersecretary of defense comptroller bob hale about the adverse impacts which are expected to worsen if furloughs continue. his message made clear the harm furloughs have already had on our force readiness. mr. wittman: he echo what had i am hearing from my constituents who i talk to on a daily basis. these people are dispointed and frustrated they cannot support the war fighter and are fearful of an unknown future. while it may be too late for the 11 days of furlough through september, congress has the opportunity, and i believe the obligation, to get this important provision, prohibiting furloughs, signed into law as soon as possible. and i urge the senate to join the house in passing this important measure. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does t
be for them. the army judge will spend weeks hearing from defense and prosecution witnesses. the government is expected to provide a classified assessment of the damage created by manning's disclosures. they are also expected to see the lawyer for bradley manning continue to portray his client as a patriot who followed his conscience. expressing gratitude to his legal team and supporters. our next caller in taylor, michigan, on the democrats line. hi, don. caller: hello. tank you for c-span. -- thank you for c-span. gave anom line is they oath to the constitution, nobody else. all he did was show e-mails. thousands of people are reading them. biden said something about them. the thing is, you have to think about our forefathers. weren't they all whistleblowers on the british government? they knew the wrongs of those british government, so that is why they wrote the constitution. give their oath to the constitution, not to an administration or a corporation. manning to me, they are heroes. bush, clinton, obama -- they all lied, they all said they were going to do one thing. look at the nsa,
are calling special handling from the governor's office. after setting up a legal defense fund at the end of last week, after hiring a falanx of high-powered lawyers, after hiring a high-level crisis pr guy, the embattled governor of virginia today for the first time apologized. apologized for making the state a laughing stalk. said he was paying back some of the cash. which he says were loans. that said, the catering bill at his daughter's wedding, $10,000 for the other daughter's wedding, $6,500 rolex watch for the governor, $10,000 suede jacket for the governor's wife. the bergman new york shopping trip and all the rest for the wife, he's keeping all that. some of the cash he says he has now paid back and also for the first time he has said he is sorry. so far, at least, he says he is no resigning. now, if governor mcdonnell performed official actions like, say, setting up meetings with this company with state officials in exchange for all the cash and loot he took from the company, today's apology is not going to stop a federal grand jury from indicting bob mcdonnell and not stop him
coming and testifying, what does that look like. especially when they're trying to defend defense what the sec is alleging here. >> just makes you wonder what happened, why they stopped cooperating in may. we talked with jacob frankel and he said the company was cooperate to go a certain point and it makes him wonder if other companies will rethink cooperation. >> optics are confusing especially considering cohen and s.a.c. settled with the sec in march 6$616 million. they had to have believed they would clear them of any potential forthcoming action. and to see that come two months later, they must have been extremely confused. so i think that when they probably stopped cooperating, i don't know this for sure, but they had to have been under the impression that whatever they were doing to cooperate wasn't working. and that they would be better off not cooperating. but certainly an interesting turn of events and wield very to s we'll have to see what the charges look like. >> thank you very much. joining us is hugh johnston. we appreciate your time to talk about some of these numbers.
to work their way into the middle class. the best defense against all of these forces, global competition, economic polarizati polarization, is the strength of the community. we need a new push to rebuild run-down neighborhoods. we need new partnerships with some of the hardest-hit towns in america to get them back on their feet. and because no one who works full time in america should have to live in poverty, i'm going to keep making the case that we need to raise the minimum wage because it's lower right now than it was when ronald reagan took office. it's time for the minimum wage to go up. [ applause ] we're not a people who allow chance of birth to decide life's biggest winners or losers. after years in which we've seen how easy it can be for any of us to fall on hard times, folks in gaelsburg, folks in the quad cities, you know they're good people who work hard. sometimes they get a bad break. plant leaves, somebody gets sick, somebody loses a home. we've seen it in our family and friends and neighbors. we've seen it happen. that means we cannot turn our back when bad breaks hit any
majority in the house, which is after all the last line of defense against the president, and could materially undercut the ability of the republicans in the senate to have the majority in 2014 which they have a decent chance to do. >> roy blunt said something similar on another channel today. your thoughts. >> let me make three points. number one, obama care isn't working, in the words of its lead author, max bach us, it is a train wreck. he had to unilaterally delay the employer mandate until after the next election because it is not working and democrats are scared of electoral responsibility. number two, if we want to stop this train wreck from hitting hard working american families, the time to do so is now. what the administration desperately wants is to get to january, get exchange in place and subsidies in place, and they eliminated any eligibility test, they want people hooked on obama care so it can never be unwound. if we're going to repeal it, we've got to do so now or it will remain with us forever. but number three, most importantly, we have an opportunity in the next
. 30 days' written notice of the charges against them, give them the 30 days to put together a defense, or to offer their version of the facts, that's all that was required. and then we could have fired them. or put them on administrative leave without pay. that was in the discretion of g.s.a. so when g.s.a. tells mr. kelly they can't do anything, there's plenty they could do. they could have taken both those employees, put them on administrative leave without pay, talk about protecting the taxpayer, i'm for that, they had the power to do that in these cases. they could have taken both those employees under current law with due process in place, put them both on administrative leave without pay, and we could have protected the taxpayer. that was a discretion on the part of the administration and the folks that made the decision in that place. it was not the fault of the law. but interestingly enough it also protected us to have the second version of the facts put forward to bring more light -- mr. cummings: i'm going to allow mr. lynch to close in the 45 seconds we have left. mr. lynch
the defense beat, you kind of take it piece mail. you spend time with the people who made these tanks, you fly and osprey, you train and you do all of these things but you never see it come together and work together in what they call combined arms, where everyone is supporting each other. when you watch them up close and the marines are trying to take an objective and they have to coordinate all these moving pieces, and the claimant -- any equipment is moving, you get a good sense of the scale of this and the in normandy and complexity of modern warfare complexity ofd modern warfare. people tend to think that with satellite systems that the fog of war has dissipated, but when you are out there and you are close up, you see that it really hasn't that much. there is still a lot of and the ambiguity on of the battlefield and if you don't match the right weapon system with the right target, it doesn't go well. shooting without maneuvering is a waste of ammo, maneuvering without shooting is suicide. you get a sense of how true that is when you see all the elements trying to come together to take a
on the defense appropriations subcommittee bill. the president has issued a statement asking house members to reject the amendment calling it a blunt approach that would hastily dismant alkey counter-terrorism tool and not the results of an informed, open or deliberative process. the house considering amendments today that would limit military aid to egypt and to syria. >>> and speaking of the nsa russia says edward snowden is going to be allowed to leave the moscow airport. the nation's federal migration services has reportedly issued an official pass which means that the nsa leaker can lead the transit area where he has been holed up since june 23rd. also reporting that snowden is going to get new clothes. this is all according to a russian source. we're back with more show and more conversation about anthony weiner, i'm sure, after the break. cenk off air>>> alright in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks! i think the number 1 thing than viewers like about the young turks is that were honest. they know that i'm not bsing them for some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party
episode that will become public now. >> joe -- >> i was going to say in his defense when he was in the "people" magazine article -- seriously. no. he was in the "people" magazine article, they were interviewing him they asked if it was in i had past and he said yes it was in his past. he really had not flash ad woman online since he had gone to the "people" bathroom right down the hall. >> he was sexting while huma was speaking the other day at the press conference. >> the definition of is is and this is the definition of past is. let's see the next round ever polls, willie. i mean if you have the next group of polls showing him still in the hunt then he's got, i think he's got a really good chance in a three way race but i suspect we may see a bit of a collapse. you're right. you're riding in the cab, the guy is laughing at him. new yorkers don't apartment mayor that's a laughing stock. >> quite a line in the therapist resume, i helped anthony weiner out. >> sure never fine her. >> you made an important point. which guy. here's the front of the "new york daily news." here's
two children. the defense tried to claim he drank antifreeze to commit suicide. >>> the father of trayvon martin is on a mission, vowing to keep trayvon martin's name not dragged through the mud as it was during the trial. as for zimmerman, his first post verdict for ray into the public eye is raising some questions now. here is abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: they were the words of a father channeling anguish into action on capitol hill. >> i vow to do everything in my power not to give up the fight for him, not only to fight for trayvon but to fight for so many other young, black and brown boys of this country. >> reporter: after george zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old trayvon martin, his father, tracy martin, made the opening remarks at the first-ever meeting of the congressional caucus on black men and boys. martin, a truck driver by profession, has appeared in multiple interviews and public appearances since the july 13th verdict. george zimmerman had all but disappeared until last week when police say he happened upon an suv that rolled over and helped the
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